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The Guiding Light of Imperial Phoenix Terra

“Hey you kids, get off my lawn!”

Category: Corrupt Dictatorship
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Regional Influence: Shoeshiner

Location: The East Pacific


Imperial Phoenix Terra

Population21.569 billion

CapitalTerra Prime
LeaderImperial Phoenix Septeu
Faiththree major religions and one holy city


The Guiding Light of Imperial Phoenix Terra is a gargantuan, safe nation, ruled by Imperial Phoenix Septeu with an iron fist, and renowned for its keen interest in outer space, pith helmet sales, and free-roaming dinosaurs. The compassionate, cynical, humorless population of 21.569 billion Imperial Phoenix Terrans are ruled with an iron fist by the dictatorship government, which ensures that no-one outside the party gets too rich. In their personal lives, however, citizens are relatively unoppressed; it remains to be seen whether this is because the government genuinely cares about its people, or if it hasn't gotten around to stamping out civil rights yet.

The large, corrupt government juggles the competing demands of Education, Defense, and Law & Order. It meets to discuss matters of state in the capital city of Terra Prime. The average income tax rate is 92.0%, and even higher for the wealthy.

The frighteningly efficient Imperial Phoenix Terran economy, worth a remarkable 3,552 trillion credits a year, is led by the Tourism industry, with major contributions from Information Technology, Book Publishing, and Arms Manufacturing. State-owned companies are common. Average income is an impressive 164,703 credits, and distributed extremely evenly, with little difference between the richest and poorest citizens.

Children in school playgrounds can be heard chanting the hymns of the Order of Violet, politicians always seem to take two steps forward then three steps back, drug deals return to the streets as legions of undercover officers stalk the dark web, and the team in charge of creating a new writing system have spent months deciding whether or not to use serif or sans-serif characters. Crime, especially youth-related, is totally unknown, thanks to a well-funded police force and progressive social policies in education and welfare. Imperial Phoenix Terra's national animal is the phoenix, which soars majestically through the nation's famously clear skies, and its national religion is three major religions and one holy city.

Imperial Phoenix Terra is ranked 3,212th in the world and 95th in The East Pacific for Most Developed, scoring 95.93 on the Human Development Index.

Highest Economic Output: 3,179thMost Developed: 3,212thHealthiest Citizens: 3,449thLongest Average Lifespans: 3,675thLowest Crime Rates: 3,969thMost Scientifically Advanced: 4,186thSmartest Citizens: 4,504thHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 5,005thLargest Populations: 5,245thMost World Assembly Endorsements: 5,268thMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 5,316thMost Influential: 5,318thHighest Poor Incomes: 5,890thMost Advanced Public Transport: 6,029thLargest Information Technology Sector: 6,117thMost Compassionate Citizens: 6,414thLargest Governments: 6,458thHighest Average Tax Rates: 6,671stMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 6,743rdMost Beautiful Environments: 7,643rdMost Secular: 8,276thLargest Welfare Programs: 8,607thMost Advanced Public Education: 9,018thMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 9,173rdMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 9,556thMost Inclusive: 9,962ndTop
Highest Average Incomes: 10,593rdMost Pacifist: 10,618thMost Cultured: 10,888thMost Corrupt Governments: 11,247thNicest Citizens: 12,543rdMost Subsidized Industry: 12,747thMost Efficient Economies: 13,454thMost Advanced Defense Forces: 13,814thLargest Publishing Industry: 17,318thBest Weather: 18,635th
Highest Economic Output: 40th in the regionLargest Populations: 43rd in the regionTop
Most Developed: 95th in the regionLowest Crime Rates: 103rd in the regionHealthiest Citizens: 105th in the regionMost Advanced Public Transport: 109th in the regionMost Scientifically Advanced: 116th in the regionLongest Average Lifespans: 116th in the regionHighest Foreign Aid Spending: 121st in the regionSmartest Citizens: 125th in the regionLargest Governments: 156th in the regionMost Popular Tourist Destinations: 157th in the regionHighest Average Tax Rates: 161st in the regionHighest Poor Incomes: 165th in the regionLargest Information Technology Sector: 167th in the regionMost Extensive Public Healthcare: 195th in the regionMost Compassionate Citizens: 205th in the regionMost Beautiful Environments: 220th in the regionLargest Welfare Programs: 225th in the regionMost Eco-Friendly Governments: 239th in the regionMost Advanced Public Education: 241st in the regionHighest Average Incomes: 266th in the regionMost Advanced Law Enforcement: 268th in the regionMost Cultured: 276th in the regionMost Secular: 298th in the regionMost Inclusive: 305th in the regionMost Advanced Defense Forces: 331st in the regionMost Corrupt Governments: 352nd in the regionMost Subsidized Industry: 352nd in the regionMost Influential: 355th in the regionMost Efficient Economies: 358th in the regionMost Pacifist: 370th in the regionNicest Citizens: 386th in the regionMost World Assembly Endorsements: 410th in the regionTop
Largest Publishing Industry: 467th in the regionBest Weather: 588th in the region

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